Last year, for a complete contrast with Edinburgh, we took a day trip at the end of the unconference to the valley of Glencoe, home to some of Scotland’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery—and the scene of the infamous Massacre of Glencoe, an event still fresh in local memories. And then, because the weather was, well, Scottish, we went on to Kinlochleven and had a very enjoyable day out, walking and also resting. We drove there and back in a day on the Sunday, returning to Edinburgh in the evening.

We’ll do something similar this year, perhaps choosing a slightly shorter journey, if there’s enough interest. If you’d like a day with friends in the Scottish hills—or possibly the Scottish valleys and pubs, if the weather is unkind again—there’s space on the registration form to express an interest.